Give yourself a postChristmas pick-up with a break at a fabulous Norfolk hotel or holiday home
Nine tempting Norfolk boltholes for a winter break
SUITS YOU IF... you’re a countryside couple wanting to get away from it all.
WHERE IS IT? Reepham. WHAT IS IT? Old Oaks Cottage, sleeps three in a peaceful countryside location.
HOT PICK… Not just one but two woodburners heat this stunning, newly renovated cottage, keeping it toasty warm even in the depths of winter, as do the faux fur bed throws, the sheepskin rug in front of the sitting room fire and, our favourite, the outdoor hot tub which is available year-round. It’s not just warmth that makes this detached cottage appeal, though. There’s loads to see and do, even in the depths of winter.
WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
Located in the gorgeous, conservation area town of Reepham, you can cycle or walk the Marriott’s Way, wander around independent shops and sip hot chocolate in local cafes before retreating back to the cottage to snuggle down. HOW MUCH? From £439 for a short break or £511 per week from Norfolk Country Cottages. 01263 715779 www.norfolkcottages.co.uk
SUITS YOU IF... you like your luxury without sacrifice to the environment.
WHERE IS IT? Hidden in the historic market town of Swaffham, Strattons sits in a quiet yet central private close in the town.
WHAT IS IT? Award winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool contemporary style with originality.
HOT PICK… Enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails by the fire, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a delicious dinner in the chic restaurant. Stay in one of the 14 individual, sumptuous and eclectic bedrooms, maybe a Jacobean four-poster bed; an open fire; a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two; original period features or a cinema screen.
WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
Swaffham is a bustling Norfolk town located in the beautiful Brecks countryside; 370 square miles of forest, heath and farmland – an ideal base from which to explore. Norwich and the north Norfolk coast are in easy range – if, that is, you can tear yourself away from the hotel with its luxurious tranquillity and delicious food and impressive green credentials.
HOW MUCH? Winter deals from £99 per night bed & breakfast. 01760 723845, www.strattonshotel.com
SUITS YOU... if you are looking for a perfect coastal getaway.
WHERE IS IT? Thornham. WHAT IS IT? Beautifully renovated former coaching inn on the north Norfolk coast.
HOT PICK…The hosts promise a cosy atmosphere, cleverly crafted menus, eye-catching interiors and 11 luxurious bedrooms, all stylishly appointed and lovely fluffy bathrobes; some of their rooms come with double ended baths or comfy seating areas. All the bedrooms at The Chequers Inn have lavish en-suite bathrooms with ESPA toiletries.
WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
Perfectly placed for exploring the subtle beauty of the north Norfolk coast. The stunning beaches of Brancaster and Holkham are close by, as are the nature reserves at RSPB Titchwell and Holme or visit numerous historic houses, including the royal estate at Sandringham. Try the art galleries and delicatessens of Burnham Market or the craft shops and local food stores of Wells-next-the-Sea.
HOW MUCH? Rooms from £75 per couple. 01485 512229 , www. chequersinnthornham.com
SUITS YOU... if you love luxurious city breaks with a hint of quirkiness. WHERE IS IT? The heart of Norwich
WHAT IS IT? Luxury bed and breakfast hotel rooms in a Georgian Grade I listed mansion
HOT PICK... Less than two years after opening its bedrooms, The Assembly Room’s stunning suites have won a trophy cabinet full of awards. In the centre of Norwich, there are rooms with four-poster beds, each room is filled with Georgian antiques and curiosities, and each has a marble bathroom with underfloor heating and freestanding roll-top bathtubs where you can bathe by candlelight as you listen to music and indulge yourself with high-end toiletries. A few steps away is the main house where you can enjoy a locallysourced, seasonal and delicious breakfast or the Assembly House’s famous afternoon tea.
WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
Norwich Theatre Royal is literally next door, Norwich Lanes with their vibrant mix of independent shops, restaurants, bars and museums is less than three minutes’ walk away and all the city’s main attractions are on the doorstep.
HOW MUCH? Luxury rooms start from £170 per night including breakfast. 01603 626402, www. assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk
SUITS YOU... If you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor.
WHERE IS IT? Burnham Market. WHAT IS IT? The ultimate luxury escape, an amazing fusion of location and luxury. Salt Marsh House has a combination of superb location, luxury property and award-winning design, providing stunning views of the north Norfolk coastline. With floor to ceiling glass, six en-suite bedrooms, cinema room, gymnasium and hot tub, this property is in a very select group of Norfolk homes. Enjoy Salt Marsh House all year round; the many balconies are the perfect spot for relaxing in the sun during the warmer months or, during the winter, you can cosy up in front of the woodburner or hunker down in the cinema room with a great film. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
Burnham Market offers shoppers some great opportunities for retail therapy. If you want to burn a few calories there are wonderful wildlife walks all around, and the great houses of Houghton and Holkham are close by. HOW MUCH? Salt Marsh House, from £1,960 to £6,950. 01485 512245 www.barefootretreats.co.uk SUITS YOU IF... you have a large group wanting the lap of luxury WHERE IS IT? Cley WHAT? Barn Drift, a spectacular five bedroom barn that sleeps 16. HOT PICK… Lovers of the north Norfolk coast will know just how ‘get away from it all’ ‘big sky country’ Cley is, and this large, brick and flint barn is perhaps its ultimate bolthole for large groups or families. No expense has been spared on the décor, which includes vertiginous raised ceilings, a copper bath that looks like it has come straight from the pages of a lifestyle magazine, large glass windows affording views over the Glaven Valley, Blakeney Point and Cley, and lots of seating and dining space. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?
With coastal walks literally on the doorstop, this is a location made for getting out into the great outdoors. Those with ambition and lots of energy can walk to Blakeney Point on a lowering tide whilst wildlife and nature lovers can enjoy Cley Reserve, the oldest wildlife trust reserve in the county.
HOW MUCH? Price from £4,985 per week from Salt. 01328 887 600 www.saltnorfolk.co.uk
SUITS YOU... If you’re a medium-sized group looking for a special retreat.
WHERE IS IT? Brancaster. WHAT IS IT? Four-bed detached house HOT PICK… A stunning coastal house located in the heart of Brancaster within walking distance of the beach. Dune House offers ‘coastal chic’ at its best. Newlydecorated and furnished in a light and contemporary Scandi-style, the house is perfect for families, couples and friends looking for a special retreat. The bedrooms all have quality mattresses and high thread count bed linen – along with a house bathroom (fluffy towels provided). The superbly-equipped kitchen has a generous dining area with bi-fold doors leading out to the garden and the sitting room has lovely squashy sofas, a log burner to keep you toasty and a large TV. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? With easy access to the beach and many great local eating places, you might not want to venture too far afield but, if you do, this is an area popular with golfers, walkers, sailors, cyclists, paddle boarders, kayakers, bird watchers and dog owners! If you like shopping, trendy Burnham Market is just a few minutes’ drive away.
HOW MUCH? From £1,014 for a three-night break and from £1,254 for a seven-night break. www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk
SUITS YOU... if you are looking for boutique but informal luxury.
WHERE IS IT? Framingham Pigot on the outskirts of Norwich.
WHAT IS IT? Exclusive boutique B&B set in a rural oasis not far from the city.
HOT PICK… Because it has just six luxury boutique rooms, each of which has its own design and style. The detail and finish throughout The Lodge is also exquisite but retains an air of informality, with the relaxed dining room and cosy snug, which features an honesty bar so you can enjoy your favourite tipple at the end of the night by the glowing fire.
WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? The Lodge is in the heart of the privately-owned village of Framingham Pigot and is surrounded by glorious Norfolk countryside and thus offers a peaceful rural retreat. Brasted’s award-winning restaurant is on site, offering spectacular food for those wanting something a little special and with Norwich city centre just a short drive away, boasting an array of high street and high end shops and locally run cafés, there is always plenty to see and do even in the depths of winter.
HOW MUCH? Book one night’s stay in January or February, including dinner on one night, and get the second night free; £245 for two (excludes Saturday nights). 01508 491112 www.brasteds.co.uk
SUITS YOU... if you’re wild about the country
WHERE IS IT? Thompson, a few miles north of Thetford
WHAT IS IT? A collection of handsomely-appointed shepherd’s huts, set in the heart of the Brecks under a canopy of mature trees.
HOT PICK... Don’t be put off by the ‘hut’ bit – these are beautiful, crafted little lodges with luxurious touches like king-sized beds, wood burners, showers, a fully-equipped kitchen and each of the huts has its own distinctive decor. There’s even a double-ended bath on the veranda and a fire-pit if you’re up for it. You can order a ‘retreat box’ of goodies, from hot chocolate to antipasti, to keep fuelled up. You’re a mile from the road, so peace and quiet is pretty much guaranteed. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? There are woodland walks immediately around the huts, including around a 32-acre lake, and Peddars Way and the expanses of Thetford Forest are close by. The town of Thetford and the famous Dad’s Army museum are a short drive away and a little closer is the welcoming thatched village pub in Thompson village.
HOW MUCH? £150 per night. 01953 488731 www.thompsonhallretreat.co.uk